Bailor wrestling well at 103 pounds for Pine River

LEROY — Pine River obviously has plenty of talented wrestlers who have helped the Bucks win another conference and district title this season.

But as the Bucks get ready for their third straight trip to the state finals, they're especially happy to have a talented girl wrestler like Holly Bailor at 103.

Earlier this month, Bailor was second at individual district and second in the individual regional to qualify for the state finals on March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Individual regionals were Saturday at Cheboygan.

It was her hope to be wrestling in both the individual and team state finals this winter. The Bucks were in the team state semifinals last season.

It's Bailor's senior year and she's been wrestling five seasons with the boys. She's always been at 103 and has had her most success this season.

"It comes mostly from listening to my coaches and wrestling with my teammates," Bailor said.

She also took third place at Mio-Au Sable and she was 16-7 in her first 23 matches. She was also third at the Reed City Invitational with a 2-1 record and pinned Colton Palmer, of Wyoming Lee, for the third-place spot.

On the mat, Bailor likes ankle picks  and the fireman's move. She's also had success competing in national and state girls wrestling competition. But she especially enjoys boys wrestling and admits to surprising others on how well she does.

She wants to improve on getting off the mat and working on takedowns.

"She's doing a nice job for us," Pine River coach Tim Jones said. "She's always been (backup) to some very good wrestlers."

Bailor also runs cross country and track.

She decided to start wrestling after watching her brother in the sport.

"I don't know if we've ever had a girl that's been in our varsity lineup," Jones said. "She does a lot in the offseason and enjoys wrestling. It's something she may pursue beyond the high school level. She has a lot of experience and is strong for a 103-pounder. That helps her out a lot."

She will be Pine River's first female wrestler in the individual state finals